Imagine a scenario where you need a spare tire and can not get access to it as you are not carrying the key. Wouldn’t it be frustrating? Of course, but do you know there is a way out?
So how to remove the spare tire without the key? Long story short, by using the proper tools, you need to secure the socket, take the spare tire out, take the 14mm socket out, and then place the busted tire back in place.
Want to know about the process in detail? Read through the entire article!
What Is the Spare Tire Key?
The spare tire key would have a locking mechanism to keep it secure with the housing. Once the lock is on, the tire will be in place and will not move from the position.
As a result, the chances of the tire getting damaged or getting loose and eventually getting dropped on the road will be reasonably low.
In most cases, the spare tire key will be inside the glove box. But most of the truck drivers keep other things in those boxes. And as the key is small in size, it is pretty easy to lose it.
Does Ford F150 Have a Full-Size Spare?
Most of the trucks will ship with a donut tire. And as you know, the donut tire is comparatively small in size.
And the case is the same for most of the F150s that came before 2021. Recently, Ford has been shipping their F150s with a full-sized spare tire.
So, there is a high chance that the spare tire attached to your F150 might be a donut tire instead of a full-sized one.
How to Remove the Spare Tire of Ford F150 Without the Key?
With all of the related things aside, let me get back into the topic. These are the steps that you would need to follow if you want to access the spare tire without a key:
Step 1: Get the Required Tools
Before heading head first to the manual installation process, you should ensure that you have these tools:
- 14mm socket
- Ratchet wrench
- Flathead screwdriver
It would also be helpful if you could source out blocks and a jack. That will make the process a bit simple. But they are optional.
Step 2: Secure the Socket
The 14mm socket needs to have an appropriate socket extender. Here, the primary goal is to take the socket to the special lock.
Locate the space to drive the socket through. It should be on the bumper. There should be a hole on the very left side of the vehicle. Look on the left side of the license plate if you can not find it.
Fit the base with the lock and take the hammer. Tap the socket in place and make the skirting board stick with the special lock.
That will help to take the special lock off. Do not use too much force, or else you might damage the internal components.
Step 3: Get the Spare Tire
Now that the unique lock is taken care of, you need to get the tire. Take it out and install the spare tire with the dud one.
Then, keep the tire you have just taken out of the assembly to the place where the spare one was sitting. Then, use the extender to re-engage the lock. It should be simple, and the lock should engage quickly.
If you do not plan to lock it in place, you can always put it on the bed. But I would recommend putting the damaged tire in the place where the spare tire was because, in that position, the tire will remain secure.
Step 4: Separate the 14 mm Socket
Once you are done with the replacement process, the only thing that is left to do is separate the socket.
If you keep it in place, it can damage the internals when you drive the truck. Use a flathead screwdriver to take it out. And you will be all done with the entire process.
What Speed Should You Drive With a Spare Tire on F150?
If you have attached a donut tire, the thumb rule is not to exceed the 50 mph mark. Going faster than that can damage the donut tire and make it non-functional, which will be another trouble you would have to worry about.
Also, there might be differential damage. That could demand costly repair.
On the other hand, if the replaced tire is full-sized, you will not have any limitations. But you do need to ensure that the tire is properly inflated.
And the tire pressure is optimal. Otherwise, the high speed can damage the tire and make it go flat again.
How Long Can You Drive on a Ford F150 Spare Tire?
As I have mentioned, spare tires are for emergency purposes. You should not really use them for regular driving. Instead, head to your destination, find a mechanic, or purchase a proper tire and replace the spare tire.
On that note, donut tires will not provide that much traction after 70 miles. The tread material is not really that capable of keeping up with the harsh nature of the paved roads.
But for full-sized tires, the case is a bit different. If the pressure is correct and adequately inflated, you can use it as a regular tire.